|So fierce over her first fence of the day!|
|Skeptical of the bales but happy to try anyways!|
|Just the prettiest though :D|
|Less effort and sloppy knees but happy horse as she relaxed in the field.|
|A little luck sewn on because I was feeling I would need it. :)|
Heading out onto the field on our own with random jump judges scattered about, I could almost hear the wheels in Shiraz's brain turning trying to figure out what the hell we were even doing.
|The best pony acting like an old show pro on derby day.|
Video of Saturday practice
For my final round I did the starter course again. This time we cantered everywhere it felt doable and Shiraz was starting to discover the game. She was much more relaxed and I could feel she had a better idea of what the plan was.
Six years ago I started shopping for a baby that could some day take me over xc safely. Five years ago I found her and it has been the LONGEST wait watching her grow up. But here we are and she can do this crazy sport! It is just such an exciting moment to see the dream become reality and also such a relief that I chose the right baby for me (because buying a baby can be such a gamble). This was a great start to the derby season to say the least and I can't wait for the next one!